Shot At Dawn

Mick Byrne

West Midlands
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Paid: £50, plus travel expenses > 10m from Tamworth
5th April 2019
Ww1 | History | History Talks Speakers

Between 1914 and 1920, more than 3,000 British soldiers were sentenced to death by courts-martial for desertion, cowardice, striking an officer, disobedience, falling asleep on duty or casting away arms.

However, only 346 were actually executed with 37 of these having committed capital crimes such as murder. The remaining 309 become the centrepiece of our Talk.

From our investigations, we have selected a few examples and explain how the events unfolded that lead to the Courts Marshall and the unyielding application of the law. We finish the talk by explaining how these tragic men were finally pardoned after 90 years of disgrace to their families.

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About Mick Byrne

Having taken early retirement in 2013, I became a Volunteer Guide at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas and continued to build up a strong knowledge and interest in Military History. Working with a friend, David Bardell, we developed a compelling passion to learn the historical facts behind the Shot At Dawn reports. We have visited Belgium/France for the past 3 years to research our WWI interest. It is the background and stories of the Event which receives our (and hopefully your) attention.

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